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Hi everyone.

I've just bought my first BMW and so far I'm very happy with it. The only issue I have is the gear change seems to be very slow. I've had automatics before - mostly Jags and the gear change on those was very smooth, almost unnoticeable - the BMW however seems to stay in gear a lot longer, especially between 3rd & 4th, often revving up to about 5-6k RPM. I've been advised that a change of transmission fluid may be in order but the local specialists say this is a very expensive job on this model and I'm not keen to start spending a fortune on a car I've just bought, especially as I have a short warranty from the dealer.
Any thoughts or suggestions would be muchly appreciated.
 

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I cant see why a fluid change would be expensive mate but will watch with interest since im about to buy a 330i auto.

Its true that low fluid or burnt fluid can cause delayed gearshifts in an auto, but so can the throttle position settings for the auto box. Fluid is most likely and can be topped up or replaced by just draining out and refilling, not usually a 5 spanner job but I dont know the specifics of the bm box.

My mr2 did the same thing as your car, the level was low, I topped it up to max on the g-box dip stick and bingo, all was well.
 

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I think a fluid change should cost you in the region of around £65 all done and its not a big job. We do them on many cars, manuals and autos.

Firstly, get the gearbox oil changed, it can work wonders. I would advice going to BMW to do this as your local specialist seems to sound a little baffled by this job. Also whilst there, ask the dealer if they'd be kind enough to read the fault codes off the gearbox ;)
 

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Thanks for the advice. I had the oil & filter changed when I bought the car (or at least the dealer assured me they had done this along with an MOT - I wouldn't know how to go about checking if it had actually been done).
I'll phone the local BMW dealer and get a price for them. Other than that, does anyone know a good independant in the Sheffield area?
 

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The gearbox oil and filter or the engine oil and filter?

I never heard of a dealer replacing the auto trans oil and filter as the filter is internal to the box and not simple to get at. He probably meant the engine oil and that has nothing to do with the gearbox shifting mate.
 

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Ah... Yeah... I knew that....

It was the engine oil and filter, I just didn't read the post very well.

*Should have gone to specsavers*
 

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FWIW, a fellow member with an E46 auto had their geabox oil replaced at theBMW dealers and IIRC it cost him about £65.

The reason I state its best to go to the dealer on this occasion is because its vital to get the gearbox oil right. The wrong grade can cause serious issues and some garages just put any old gearbox oil in. At least with BMW stealers, there's no messing, they'll put the right stuff in and perhaps help you out with your issue.
 

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just spoke to the local dealer, first off they refused to give me a price as I didn't know the reg number... Had to go look it up. Then they wouldn't give a price without me "bringing the car down and leaving it with them for a day or two for them to take a look and do some diagnostics". I said I would book it in for the gearbox oil change, if they could give me a timeslot to do the work and a price as they wouldn't I will have to look elsewhere......
 

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Andi - you always, always, always have to give your reg to the stealers when phoning for anything from a query to a full service.

I'm interested in what's being said though, I would feel a lot better to change my auto box oil now. I have a 530d too and notice long gear changes like you (i thought it was just the way the car is) but I do one of two things:

Lift off the gas a little so it changes to a higher more eco gear
Put into sport mode and change it manually :)

So they eventually found your car reg and still would not give you a price? Red :)
 

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I find it amazing their reluctance to simply provide me with a price and an appointment to carry out some work. Surely it's in their interests to keep the customer happy as at some point I'm going to replace the car and if I'm on good terms with the dealer, I would go there. I can't believe they "Need" the registration to give me a price on an oil change, when I phone the Volvo dealer about the wifes car they seem able to provide a quote without asking 1000 questions first.
Anyway, rant over!
I've been driving it in the semi-manual mode, changing gear myself, but that kind of defeats the point of having an automatic. (Apparently) There's a good independant specialist near me, run by the guy who used to be in charge of the service department at the stealers, so he (should) know what he's doing. I will have a chat with them and see what they think.
 

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Stealers vary wildly in customer service and labour charge mate. Trust me it's worth shopping around but you end up finding out the hard way I'm afraid. Speak to the dealer principal and tell him you are not happy with the way his (her) team are treating you. I did and I got treated with kid gloves.

In respect with your auto long gear change speak to our site administrator, boostist, I believe he lives in your area and may know a thing or two about cars :) Red :)
 

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SORTED!

Took the car in to Quarry Motors, on a recommendation. They gave it a thorough going over, agreed that it wasn't changing gear properly and then couln't figure out why.... Still, they kept looking and eventually found the electrical connection into the gearbox to be somewhat worse for wear - "a bit rusty and covered in muck" - a good clean up and reseating and a litre of gearbox oil later and it's perfect. So all credit to Quarry Motors in Sheffield. Also, very reasonable price - £45 per hour for the labour and £17 for the gearbox oil, can't quibble at all.
 
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